So, there are times when I don’t know what to write and when that is the case, I turn to three options...First is the Bible. Obviously that’s got to be the first option for me, it is filled with wisdom and insight that has guided believers for thousands of years. Next, I turn to books I read. I actually have a folder on my phone that is just photos of pages from different books. As I’m reading, if something really speaks to me, I just snap a picture of it and store it in my phone. To be honest, those two options are the ones I go to when I’m looking to write something deep and insightful. Now, if I want to write something funny and creative, my go to source of inspiration is my wife. Usually, the best time to go to this deep well of resources is after she’s been out running errands or when I know that she’s frustrated with something and I need to cheer her up. The conversation goes a little something like this...
(As my wife comes home from the grocery store)
”Love, what should I write about?”
”I should write about stupid people?”
”Yes, I am so tired of going to the store and being surrounded by stupid people.”
So, today was another such outing to the store and let’s all be honest, in the days of Coronavirus, social distancing and self quarantine, a trip to the grocery store can be an adventure in frustration. As I heard Mackenzie come home, I couldn’t wait to ask her what I should write about. Knowing that on normal trips to the store there can be stupid people, a trip during this season should be epic!!!
”Love, what should I write about?”
”Yes! I am so tired of going to the store and have it look like it’s trashed. People need to calm down!”
This was followed by a tale of how clerks at the stores can no longer touch your bags; how you can’t put food on the conveyer belts and how the pasta sauce we normally get now costs $7! It was a classic rant that brought joy to my life and it gave us something to laugh about. Honestly, when I first started writing this I had no idea where it was going to go, but as I continued to write and think about my wife and how funny it is to see her frustrated (at something other than me), I started laughing because this is one of those things I love about my wife. In fact, when I know she’s got one of those frustrating thoughts in her head, I’ll be honest, I’ll go and poke the bear. I’ll ask her how her trip to the store was or how it was helping the kids with their school work and as she starts talking I’ll add in the occasional...”NO!!!” Or “I cant believe it!” Just to get her more revved up. Once she sees my laughing, all of a sudden, that frustration is turned into a funny story we laugh about for the rest of the night.
I share this today, because there is a lot going on right now that is frustrating. There are many people who are afraid and on edge and sometimes the best thing we can do in a stressful situation is find an opportunity to laugh together. So, if you find yourself in need of a good rant, just let it out. If you are tired of stupid people, hoarders or an alarming shortage of toilet paper in your house, tell someone about it. Be as over the top and you can be, I mean really put all you’ve got into the thing and when that rant moves from frustration to ridiculousness...have a good laugh together and celebrate that fact that God’s word says, He turns mourning into laughter.
Laugh away my friends!!!
Welcome to my mind…or maybe my heart…or maybe the two are so jumbled together, it’s hard to tell the difference!
I love to write. It doesn’t matter what it is, or what it’s about. That’s the great thing about writing, it can be serious, funny, imaginative or informative…sometimes all at once. Writing allows our souls to express what’s going on in the deepest parts of who we are. It’s like music for those of us who don’t play an instrument or can’t sing.
There was a long time that I didn’t feel like writing. Life has a tendency to get hard sometimes. The pain that we experience can crush us; crush our joy, crush our hopes, crush our souls. People, who we thought cared for us, can hurt us, abandon us and make us feel like it’s our fault.
Even as a pastor, I am not immune from this pain. Through it all, I have learned some valuable lessons: first, everyone has pain. Pain, hurt, brokenness are universal and the amazing thing is, it can either push us apart or bring us together. Secondly, sharing about our pain actually helps others (and ourselves) to heal. Finally, I’ve learned that God does not waste pain, He redeems it. God desires that we be healed, that we be restored and reconciled to Him and to each other.
So, as you read this blog, know that my desire is to share my journey, not for pity or sympathy, but so you might know that you aren’t alone. One lie we always believe when we are wounded is that no one understands, no one knows what we’re going through. If my stories can (even for a moment) let you know that you’re not alone, that there’s hope, that someone cares…then all my pain would have been worth it. Know this as well, not all of these stories are going to be serious. I love to laugh and when something strikes me as funny, I believe that needs to be shared as well.
I invite you to join me on this journey of healing. May we laugh together, cry together, share our burdens together and grow stronger together.
May God do what only God can do!!!
Crosspoint Friends Church meets at Morningside Presbyterian Church
1201 E. Dorothy Lane
Fullerton, CA 92834-6242
Sunday @ 9:00 am